Except for the two weeks in May when spring springs, and the two weeks in October when the world changes seasons, weather in my Atlanta home bears watching.
Watching? Why watch the weather? You can’t do anything about it, right? Maybe so, but if we Mac users can Think Different, then we can Watch Different, too. With a couple of Mac apps you can watch the weather as it develops, right on the Mac’s screen.
Instant Weather Watching For The Masses
What is it that I hate so much about weather in Georgia? It’s either too hot, or too dry, or too wet, or too cold, and not enough of what makes weather worthy.
Both our iPhone and iPad have multiple weather apps, especially those with good weather radar screens. Why?
So we can see when to bring in the cows, stop the picnic, and head for the cellar.
If you’re a weather hating or loving Mac user, then you’ll appreciate the top two weather apps that bring you what you need to know; quickly, colorfully, accurately.
First on the list is Seasonality Core, the weather watching Mac app that would earn five stars from Steve Jobs if he cared about weather instead of trying to control nature.
Almost everything you ever want to know about your local weather (or, weather conditions anywhere else on the planet) are just a few clicks in Seasonality Core.
Weather data is pulled in from over 30,000 weather locations in more than 200 countries. You get weather conditions, past weather conditions and historical data, including graphs and charts, and weather radar.
And, that’s the second app you’ll know and love if you care about weather changes in your neck of the woods. RadarScope.
RadarScope goes beyond mere mundane weather display apps and brings to your Mac the NEXRAD Level 3 radar data, including severe weather warnings (for U.S. Guam, Puerto Rico).
The level of detail in the radar images is stunningly accurate. If you want to track a mesocyclone’s hook echo, RadarScope is the only app to give it to you in near real-time.
It’s easy to zoom in and out of a location on the map. Choose from over 150 different radar sites with a click. Download and animate radar data while displaying tens of thousands of cities and towns on the overlay map.
Combine RadarScope with Seasonality Core and you become the official meteorologist for your neighborhood.
While both apps are superb tools for following rapidly changing weather conditions, neither app provides detailed background or instruction. Knowing more about what you see on the screen would be a big help.